If it ain't broke, don't fix it. It's a treasured piece of American folk wisdom that makes all kinds of sense in terms of home maintenance. And no sense at all in terms of the automotive industry. While a vehicle may be satisfactory in every sense, that's not enough; it has to look new. In an industry where the pace of change is dizzying, no carmaker can afford to rest on its laurels, particularly when it comes to styling. The 2015 Toyota Camry is an excellent case in point. Camry has been the bestselling car in America for 12 years straight, and at this writing is on pace to make it 13 in a row. Nevertheless, only three years after its most recent major redesign, Toyota has made an extensive overhaul of its bestseller for the 2015 model year. Toyota isn't saying all-new here, and that's appropriate: aside from a slightly wider track, the chassis is basically unchanged, and the three engine options, 178-hp four-cylinder (standard), 265-hp 3.5-liter V6, and four-cylinder hybrid, all carry over. That's also true of the 6-speed automatic transmission. However, not much of the previous Camry exists above the integrated frame rails. With the exception of the roof, every exterior panel on the 2015 Camry is new, overall length has increased 1.8 inches (to 190.9), and everything inside the cabin has been redesigned and refurbished. Toyota claims that the update to the 2015 Camry entails more than 2000 new parts, a staggering total that has to include a whole bunch of fasteners, clips, bolts, and screws. Still, while it's considered to be a member of the seventh generation, there's no mistaking the 2015 Camry for the 2014 Camry. So why would Toyota mess with success? After all, the Camry has succeeded for 32 years on a foundation of Toyota's long-established virtues: durability, reliability, value, and strong resale. But the company's product planners and market research troops have finally come to grips with a criticism leveled by automotive magazines for years: the Camry may be solid goods, but it's been the personification of bland, an impression that's been reinforced by cautious styling.
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